Trees and Hedgerows
Tree Preservation Orders
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) are used to protect selected trees and woodlands if their removal would have a significant impact on the environment and its enjoyment by the public. Priority for Tree Preservation Orders is generally given to trees which are considered to be under threat, for example where development is proposed.
Trees in Conservation Areas
Trees in Conservation Areas may be protected by TPOs but where they are not, there is a duty to give us six weeks notice in writing before carrying out any work.
Hedgerows represent some of the most important wildlife habitats in lowland Britain. The Regulations are intended to protect important hedges in the countryside. Anyone proposing to remove a hedge to which the Regulations apply must give the Council six weeks notice and give the reason for seeking to remove it.
Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 which gives local authorities powers to deal with complaints about high hedges came into force on 1 June 2005.
As long as you have made reasonable attempts to resolve your dispute, you can bring your complaint about your neighbour’s evergreen hedge to us.
Further information, including details of how to apply to the planning department for consent to carry out works to protected trees and hedgerows, can be obtained from us by telephoning 01246 242424 or submit an enquiry form
The Government has produced comprehensive guidance called Tree Preservation Orders: A Guide to the Law and Good Practice.
General advice on planning, including trees and hedgerows, is available on the Planning Portal.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 14:12